Maths for Adults – Functional Skills

Location Trumpington Community College

Day Tuesday

Start Date 9 January 2018

Time 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Weeks 20 weeks

Price FULLY FUNDED contact centre for eligibility

Brief Description:

This course, designed to support learners with below Level 2 Functional Maths skills, will help learners feel more confident in using numbers for everyday things like money, time, distance, shape and position.
Functional Maths is all about using Maths in real-life situations. The course will underpin Maths skills and help learners apply these in everyday contexts, as well as new and challenging situations. Learners will improve their use of numbers, measuring and handling data and the course follows the adult numeracy core curriculum.
The course will be mainly taught to individuals at levels appropriate to their initial assessment, but depending on the group profile, each week some whole group work will be undertaken. Learners will have the opportunity to study towards a Nationally recognised Functional Mathematics qualification.
The classes are generally small and may be started/completed at any point in the year (subject to availability of a place). To gain a funded place learners will need to complete an assessment of eligibility, undertake an initial diagnostic assessment and are required to complete the appropriate enrolment form. During the first 5 weeks learners will be assessed throughout the lessons and by homework to confirm their level. Learners will need to attend 90% or above of the lessons, in order to access funding and to aid progress.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

No previous experience required. All learners are required to attend an initial assessment / screening of Maths levels prior to enrolment on the course – please telephone the office on 01223 712340 to make an appointment.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the 30 week course you will have the opportunity to:
• develop skills and understanding which will help you feel more confident in using numbers for everyday things like money, time, distance, shape and position.
• improve your use of numbers, measuring and handling data.
• develop the skill of ‘Representing’ : select the mathematics and information to model a situation
• the skill of ‘Analysing’ : process and use mathematics
• develop the skill of ‘Interpreting’ : interpret and communicate the results of the analysis
• review your progress regularly with the tutor and individual progress will be monitored and recorded on regular basis through the use of ILPs, tutor notes and feedback.
• assess your progress through a functional skills qualification / assessment, when ready.

About Your Tutor:

Lorraine Carlton completed her B.Ed in Mathematics at Homerton College in 1989. Since that time she has taught in secondary schools, primary schools, delivered private tuition and following a course of subject specialism in adult teaching has taught Adult Maths classes (both Functional Skills and GCSE) for the past 20 years.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:


For the first session you will need to bring….

Notebook and pen

Examination Fees:

You will be required to sign a form agreeing to exam dates. Fees are only incurred if learners do not attend exam dates as agreed.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Progress to a post Level 2 Maths course (maybe GCSE); at the end of the course all learners will be given one-to-one information and advice as required, to ensure that appropriate progression routes are clearly identified.
The Adult Learn and Train office is also able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


  • For full course information:
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*50p charge), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold / are in receipt of a means tested benefit. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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